The gentlebirth.org website is provided courtesy of
Ronnie Falcao, LM MS, a homebirth midwife in Mountain View, CA
An interactive resource for moms on easy steps they can take to reduce exposure to chemical toxins during pregnancy.
Other excellent resources about avoiding toxins during pregnancy
These are easy to read and understand and are beautifully presented.
I'm new here too and enjoying soaking up all the info. Though I haven't had a homebirth (yet), I was in your situation before my last birth. I really felt that I would be happiest, most secure, most comfortable at home. However, I caved to my own insecurities...I felt like since this was my first, I should go to the hospital where I could be "helped". Well, after quite a labor, I was "helped" right into the OR for a c-section.
I actually had what would be considered a great c-section in that I recovered in practically 24 hours, and had no psychological challenges with the final outcome of my baby's birth (who was a 9 lb, 12 oz and healthy babe).
My husband and I recently starting working on baby number two (hoping for a +HPT soon!) and this prompted some serious research into my future birthing options. I had been led to believe that I could try for a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)...but if I had a baby as big or bigger than my first, I would likely have a repeat cesarean. Or I could just schedule a cesarean. This from my OB/GYN.
I didn't think that was much of an option, and was highly considering scheduling a cesarean when I found the ICAN email list. I was actually more looking for a support group for those having cesareans, but what I found was a wealth of information.
With that information and looking back at my past experience, I realized that all the hospital/OB interventions had placed me in the position of having a cesarean, and that had I been at home, had the support of a midwife (and maybe a doula?) and been better educated myself, I could easily have delivered a baby even bigger than my first. In fact, it could have been a breech baby (quite common in my family) and I could still have delivered at home.
What I'm trying to say is that if you feel most comfortable with a homebirth,
go with your instincts! (I wish I had.) And if you decide that a hospital
birth is more for you, pass on all the interventions...even the OB if possible...
and educate yourself until you think you can take no more...I really thought
I was educated and boy was I wrong.
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